The Din in the Head
By Cynthia Ozick
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Hardcover, 9780618470501, 256pp.)
Publication Date: June 2006
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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One of America’s foremost novelists and critics, Cynthia Ozick has won praise and provoked debate for taking on challenging literary, historical, and moral issues. Her new collection of spirited essays focuses on the essential joys of great literature, with particular emphasis on the novel. With razor-sharp wit and an inspiring joie de vivre, she investigates unexpected byways in the works of Leo Tolstoy, Saul Bellow, Helen Keller, Isaac Babel, Sylvia Plath, Susan Sontag, and others. In a posthumous and hilariously harassing (Unfortunate) Interview with Henry James,” Ozick’s hero is shocked by a lady reporter. In Highbrow Blues” and in reflections on her own early fiction, she writes intimately of the din in our heads, that relentless inner hum,” and the curative power of literary imagination. The Din in the Head is sure to please fans of Ozick, win her new readers, and excite critical controversy and acclaim.
CYNTHIA OZICK is the author of numerous acclaimed works of fiction and nonfiction. She is a recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Man Booker International Prize. Her stories have won four O. Henry first prizes.
"This essay collection on the joys of literature presents [Ozick] at the height of her critical powers...Highly recommended." Library Journal
"Rich and varied...Erudition lightly worn, eloquence finely crafted." Kirkus Reviews
"Over three decades, the din in Cynthia Ozick's head has been worth listening to." --Daphne Merkin Publishers Weekly
"Open the collection anywhere -- I guarantee it -- and you will feel the bite of her distinctive voice." --Sven Birkerts Los Angeles Times
"The passion that fills these essays is invigorating. In our age of irony and commercial pandering, we need writers like Ozick." --Danielle Chapman The Chicago Tribune